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Human rights lawyers ‘not valued’ in Aus

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A prominent Victorian barrister has highlighted the insignificance Australia places on human rights lawyers, saying it may be a reflection of a dangerous and profoundly wrong phenomenon plaguing the nation. Emma Ryan Lawyers Weekly Speaking to Lawyers Weekly, Julian Burnside (pictured), Victorian barrister and the chair of fortyfivedownstairs Inc, said one of the major issues facing human rights lawyers today is that they’re not much valued, unless they happen… Human rights lawyers… Read More »

Brexit may offer opportunities for Australia as Britain shifts focus to former colonies

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There are few institutions quite as peculiar as the Commonwealth. James Glenday ABC A coalition of some of the world’s “largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries”. Its exact purpose… Brexit may offer… Read More »

DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country

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Members of the Stolen Generations may finally find a way back to their country, thanks to new research that reveals differences in Aboriginal DNA can be linked to specific… DANI COOPER ABC The discovery is based on analysis of mitochondrial DNA found in hair samples taken from Aboriginal people during expeditions run between 1928 and the… DNA confirms Aboriginal… Read More »

What our backyards can tell us about the world

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Our backyards are home to many scuttling, slithering and scampering creatures, which are often the subject of fascination. Kathryn Teare Ada Lambert The Conversation But they can also play a key role in tracking the changes in the world around us – for science. Science is a… What our backyards… Read More »

Women who inspire

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Three remarkable and distinguished women are raising awareness and taking action for gender equality on the occasion of International Women’s… Panos Apostolou SBS “Food For Thought Network” and its president Varvara Ioannou invited the National Congress of Australia’s first Peoples’ Chairwoman, consultant… Women who… Read More »

Gender Equality in Principle But Not in Reality – Report

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Seven in 10 Australians think women and men still don’t have full equal rights, while only six in 10 actively support women’s rights, according to a new global study coinciding with International Women’s Day. Lina Caneva Pro Bono Australia The new data from Ipsos showed that although the vast majority of people around the world say they believe men and women should be treated equally (88 per cent on average), most still think the current situation is one of… Gender ... Read More »

What the WA election campaign says about One Nation’s future

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Days out from the WA election, there are two big questions: Will One Nation hold a balance of power in the WA senate, and what has the campaign told us about the… James Purtill ABC Who wins the election looks… Leaked internal Liberal polling suggests the party will lose government in a… What the WA… Read More »

‘Civil war’ over Homeland Security push

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Sky News has confirmed ASIO and the Australian Federal police have recently advised against creating a US-style Department of… Sky News with AAP The government is considering a proposal to merge at least half a dozen relevant federal agencies from two departments into a… ‘This proposal is very controversial in the government and… ‘Civil war’ over… Read More »

‘Which is the good one?’ You can’t tell a good Muslim from a bad one: Hanson

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has continued her attack against Muslims and Islam during an interview on commercial television. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Muslims have “no respect” for Australia and there is no way to tell which Muslim is “a good Muslim” in an interview on Channel Nine’s A Current Affair. The One Nation…. ‘Which is the… Read More »

If you want to support refugee women on Nauru, let us speak

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I escaped a violent husband and father in Iran to come to a country which claims to uphold women’s rights. Mina Taherkhani The Guardian All I have experienced is terror and panic. I am Mina Taherkhani. I’m 35 years old. I escaped from violence to seek peace and freedom. I’ve been in the detention centre in Nauru for… If you want… Read More »

Australian report finds disturbing evidence of gender inequality

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Sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins reveals widespread opposition to advancing equality, despite stark evidence progress is needed Melissa Davey The Guardian Incorrect assumptions are being made that gender equality has been achieved despite disturbing and comprehensive evidence to the contrary, an investigation by Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has found. Her findings include… Australian report finds… Read More »

Is there a test children can take before getting vaccinated, as Pauline Hanson says?

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During an exchange with journalist Barrie Cassidy on Insiders, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson suggested there are tests available to see if children will have an adverse reaction to vaccinations. Kristine Macartney, Julie Leask and Nicholas Wood ABC It’s not clear what kind of test Hanson was referring to. (The Conversation contacted her office to ask, but didn’t hear back before deadline.) The Conversation asked… Is there a… Read More »

Is Australia racist?

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‘In asking Australians to face up to racism, it appears to be their individual prejudices that concern SBS rather than the structural racism that is built into Australian institutions.’ ~ Emeritus professor Barry Hindess Barry Hindess Independent Australia ON SUNDAY 26 February, Australia’s SBS TV network broadcast Ray Martin’s Is Australia Racist? It is the first… Is Australia… Read More »

Pauline Hanson calls for immigrants to ‘speak English’ and insists she’s ‘still the same’ politician

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One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has said 20 years in politics has made her more informed and wiser, but insists she’s “still the same” as… 9news “My policies haven’t changed over the years. Immigration, I’m still the same, cut back on it for our quality of life in Australia,” she told ABC’s Insiders… “I don’t forget what… Pauline Hanson calls… Read More »

Is the church’s culture of shame increasing abortions?

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I have been the senior minister at St Barnabas Broadway, in Sydney’s inner city, for six years. Michael Paget ABC Before that I was on staff for another eight. In all that… Is the church’s… Read More »

Women prisoners avoid reoffending with help of mentoring program

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A newly established Women’s Justice Network is calling on the corporate sector to throw a lifeline to women prisoners and support mentoring programs that reduce reoffending. Philippa McDonald ABC The programs, run by the Women in Prison Advocacy Network since 2008, which match prisoners with volunteer mentors, have reduced recidivism by 93 per cent among those who complete a mentoring course. Ally Colquitt, 33… Women prisoners avoid… Read More »